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Watercolour of the mother of mountains

This little watercolour of the mother of mountains was inspired by two sunset visits to points overlooking the Glasshouse Mountains. The sky ranges from purple through all the pinks to coral colours and the forested area around the mountains creates a darker bed from which the peaks emerge. The last light warms the west-facing side […]

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Fri, 24 May 2019 12:31:43 +0000


Spirituality and the art process

Spirituality and the art process – what does that mean to you? When Glenda Charles sent me her workshop list with this topic, I was intrigued but didn’t really know what to expect.  Her workshop description included this text: “I find out everything about myself in that moment of making”. The musician, Nils Frahm said […]

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Tue, 21 May 2019 11:42:58 +0000


Storing watercolour paints: a studio hack

If you’ve been painting for any length of time, you may have accumulated a collection of tubes of paint and storing watercolour paints becomes an issue. We all know that, in theory we only need a dozen colours. We know it, but those darned colours are so seductive. I don’t know a single artist who […]

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Mon, 13 May 2019 01:14:53 +0000


Following the flow

Following the flow: Sometimes, life leads us to unexpected places; to people who influence our thinking; to events that inspire our creativity. We can either focus on the restrictions imposed by the rest of our lives, or we can try to take the opportunity that we’re being offered. I believe in grabbing the opportunity with […]

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Mon, 06 May 2019 13:58:25 +0000


In the Studio with the Royal Watercolour Society

This is a retrospective post about my visit to In The Studio, the exhibition by members of the Royal Watercolour Society at Bankside Gallery.

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Tue, 30 Apr 2019 22:53:31 +0000


Painting a Mill Wheel and The Brecon Beacons

I’ve just had a weekend of wonderful contrasts: I’ve painted the Brecon Beacons from the top of Pen y Fan at 5.30am, and  I’ve spent a quiet hour painting a mill wheel in the garden of the idyllic restored mill we were staying in. Wales has treated us to continuous rain every time we have […]

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Tue, 23 Apr 2019 15:26:00 +0000


Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours Exhibition – some highlights

The opening day of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours 207th Exhibition took place on 3rd April 2019. The exhibition is on at The Mall Galleries until 18th April 2019. This is my must-see exhibition every year. It is a showcase of the breadth and depth of this medium; a display of many styles […]

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Sat, 13 Apr 2019 23:21:16 +0000


100 Day Project – how to make the most of it

My 100 Day Project started on 2nd April. For obvious reasons I thought 1st April wouldn’t be a great starting day. We’ve all seen 7 day challenges, ’30 days of [whatever]’ challenges, and now the 100 day project. Anything above 21 days is designed to build a creative habit. How to join in: Choose a theme, […]

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Mon, 08 Apr 2019 23:07:58 +0000


Spring exhibition in Long Melford

The Society of East Anglian Watercolourists’ Spring exhibition in Long Melford is my second exhibition of this year. This is stacking up to be a busy year for my art.  The exhibition will be open to the public from 18th to 28th April. It’s a 10 day window of opportunity to go and immerse yourself […]

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Sat, 30 Mar 2019 18:29:35 +0000


Daniel Smith Half Pan Set – my thoughts

Once I discovered tube watercolours, I really battled with using pan paints – but the Daniel Smith Watercolour half pan set has changed my mind. I was thrilled to receive a set from Premium Art Brands a couple of months ago. The Daniel Smith watercolour half pan set come in three different colour combinations. When I saw that […]

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Mon, 25 Mar 2019 23:59:38 +0000


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